UCLA Asian American Studies Center: 2017 Statistical Portrait of Asian Americans, Native Hawaiians, and Other Pacific Islanders

The UCLA Asian American Studies Center, as an official U.S. Census Information Center (as a co-partner with National Coalition for Asian Pacific Community Development), is pleased to provide this 2017 statistical portrait of the Asian American and Native Hawaiian and Pacific Islander populations produced by the US Census Bureau for Asian Pacific American Heritage Month, which will take place in May 2017. The portrait provides current census data, population projections, and internet links that should be useful for research, planning, writing and general educational purposes. Please see the "Editor's note" at the end of this announcement for more information. The first major section provides information on "Asians," while the second major part highlights "Native Hawaiians and Other Pacific Islanders."

 

Asians

21.0 million

The estimated number of Asian alone or in combination residents in the United States in 2015. Source: Vintage 2015 Population Estimates, Table PEPSR5H https://factfinder.census.gov/bkmk/table/1.0/en/PEP/2015/PEPSR5H?slice=Year~est72015

6.5 million

The Asian alone or in combination population in California in 2015. The state had the largest Asian population, followed by New York (1.8 million). The Asian alone or in combination population represented 56.1 percent of the total population in Hawaii.
Source: Vintage 2015 Population Estimates, Table PEPSR5H https://factfinder.census.gov/bkmk/table/1.0/en/PEP/2015/PEPSR5H?slice=Year~est72015

4.8 million

The estimated number of the Asian population of Chinese, except Taiwanese, descent in the United States in 2015. The Chinese (except Taiwanese) population was the largest Asian group, followed by Asian Indian (4.0 million), Filipino (3.9 million), Vietnamese (2.0 million), Korean (1.8 million) and Japanese (1.4 million). These estimates represent the number of people who reported a specific detailed Asian group alone, as well as people who reported that detailed Asian group in combination with one or more other detailed Asian groups or another race(s).
Source: 2015 American Community Survey, Table B02018 https://factfinder.census.gov/bkmk/table/1.0/en/ACS/15_1YR/B02018

 

Income, Poverty and Health Insurance

$76,260

The median income of households headed by the Asian alone or in combination population in 2015. Median household income differed greatly by Asian group. For Asian Indian alone, for example, the median income in 2015 was $103,821; for Bangladeshi alone, it was $49,515. Source: 2015 American Community Survey, Table S0201
https://factfinder.census.gov/bkmk/table/1.0/en/ACS/15_1YR/S0201//popgroup~013|014

12.0%

The poverty rate for the Asian alone or in combination population in 2015. Source: 2015 American Community Survey, Table S0201
Source: 2015 American Community Survey, Table S0201
https://factfinder.census.gov/bkmk/table/1.0/en/ACS/15_1YR/S0201//popgroup~031

7.5%

The percentage of the Asian alone or in combination population without health insurance coverage in 2015. Source: 2015 American Community Survey, Table S0201
https://factfinder.census.gov/bkmk/table/1.0/en/ACS/15_1YR/S0201//popgroup~031

 

Business

1.9 million

The estimated number of Asian-owned firms nationally in 2012, up from 1.5 million or 23.8 percent from 2007.
Sources:
U.S. Census Bureau News Release, December 15, 2015 www.census.gov/newsroom/press-releases/2015/cb15-209.html
2012 Survey of Business Owners, Table SB1200CSA01
http://factfinder.census.gov/bkmk/table/1.0/en/SBO/2012/00CSA01

74.9%

The estimated percentage of the 1.9 million Asian-owned firms that had no paid employees in 2012. Of all U.S. businesses, 80.4 percent were nonemployer firms.
Sources:
U.S. Census Bureau News Release, December 15, 2015 www.census.gov/newsroom/press-releases/2015/cb15-209.html
2012 Survey of Business Owners, Table SB1200CSA01
http://factfinder.census.gov/bkmk/table/1.0/en/SBO/2012/00CSA01

$135.7 billion

The estimated sales/receipts reported by Asian firms owned by women in 2012. Asian firms owned by men reported sales of $474.3 billion.
Source: 2012 Survey of Business Owners, Table SB1200CSA01 http://factfinder.census.gov/bkmk/table/1.0/en/SBO/2012/00CSA01

 

Education

51.5%

The percentage of the Asian alone or in combination population age 25 and older who had a bachelor's degree or higher level of education in 2015. This compared with 30.6 percent for all Americans age 25 and older.
Source: 2015 American Community Survey, Table S0201 https://factfinder.census.gov/bkmk/table/1.0/en/ACS/15_1YR/S0201//popgroup~001|031

87.1%

The percentage of the Asian alone or in combination population age 25 and older who had at least a high school diploma or equivalency in 2015. The percentage of the total population who had at least a high school diploma or equivalency was also 87.1 percent.
Source: 2015 American Community Survey, Table S0201 https://factfinder.census.gov/bkmk/table/1.0/en/ACS/15_1YR/S0201//popgroup~001|031

21.7%

The percentage of the Asian alone or in combination population age 25 and older who had a graduate or professional degree in 2015. This compared with 11.6 percent for all Americans age 25 and older.
Source: 2015 American Community Survey, Table S0201 https://factfinder.census.gov/bkmk/table/1.0/en/ACS/15_1YR/S0201//popgroup~001|031

 

Serving Our Nation

2.4%

The percentage of Asian alone or in combination military veterans in 2015.
Source: 2015 American Community Survey, Table S0201 https://factfinder.census.gov/bkmk/table/1.0/en/ACS/15_1YR/S0201//popgroup~031

 

Jobs

50.1%

The percentage of the civilian employed Asian alone or in combination population age16 and older who worked in management, business, science and arts occupations in 2015. Additionally, 20.4 percent worked in sales and office occupations; 16.9 percent worked in service occupations; 9.4 percent worked in production, transportation and material moving occupations; and
3.2 percent worked in natural resources, construction and maintenance occupations.
Source: 2015 American Community Survey, Table S0201 https://factfinder.census.gov/bkmk/table/1.0/en/ACS/15_1YR/S0201//popgroup~031

 

Age Distribution

34.0

The median age of the Asian alone or in combination population in 2015. The corresponding figure was 37.8 for the population as a whole.
Source: Vintage 2015 Population Estimates, Table PEPASR5H and PEPASR6H https://factfinder.census.gov/bkmk/table/1.0/en/PEP/2015/PEPASR5H?slice=year~est72015 https://factfinder.census.gov/bkmk/table/1.0/en/PEP/2015/PEPASR6H?slice=year~est72015

24.6%

The percentage of the Asian alone or in combination population that was under age 18 in 2015.
Source: Vintage 2015 Population Estimates, Table PEPASR5H https://factfinder.census.gov/bkmk/table/1.0/en/PEP/2015/PEPASR5H?slice=year~est72015

 

Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander Population

1.5 million

The estimated number of Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander alone or in combination residents of the United States in 2015.
Source: Vintage 2015 Population Estimates, Table PEPSR5H https://factfinder.census.gov/bkmk/table/1.0/en/PEP/2015/PEPSR5H?slice=Year~est72015

372,557

The estimated number of Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander alone or in combination residents of Hawaii in 2015 — the most of any state. California followed with 353,666. Source: Vintage 2015 Population Estimates, Table PEPSR5H https://factfinder.census.gov/bkmk/table/1.0/en/PEP/2015/PEPSR5H?slice=Year~est72015

568,067

The number of Native Hawaiian residents of the United States in 2015. The Native Hawaiian population was the largest detailed Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander (NHPI) group, followed by Samoan (202,937) and Guamanian or Chamorro (145,956). These estimates represent the number of people who reported a specific detailed NHPI group alone, as well as people who reported that detailed NHPI group in combination with one or more other detailed NHPI groups or another race(s).
Source: 2015 American Community Survey, Table B02019
https://factfinder.census.gov/bkmk/table/1.0/en/ACS/15_1YR/B02019

 

Income, Poverty and Health Insurance

$60,133

The median income of Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander alone or in combination headed households in 2015.
Source: 2015 American Community Survey Estimates, Table S0201 http://factfinder.census.gov/bkmk/table/1.0/en/ACS/15_1YR/S0201//popgroup~060

17.3%

The poverty rate of the Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander alone or in combination population in 2015.
Source: 2015 American Community Survey Estimates, Table S0201 http://factfinder.census.gov/bkmk/table/1.0/en/ACS/15_1YR/S0201//popgroup~060

7.8%

The percentage of the Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander alone or in combination population without health insurance in 2015.
Source: 2015 American Community Survey Estimates, Table S0201 http://factfinder.census.gov/bkmk/table/1.0/en/ACS/15_1YR/S0201//popgroup~060

 

Business

54,749

The estimated number of Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander-owned firms in 2012. The estimated number rose 45.3 percent from 37,687 in 2007.
Sources:
U.S. Census Bureau News Release, December 15, 2015 www.census.gov/newsroom/press-releases/2015/cb15-209.html
2012 Survey of Business Owners, Table SB1200CSA01
http://factfinder.census.gov/bkmk/table/1.0/en/SBO/2012/00CSA01

52.9%

The estimated percentage of the nation’s Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander-owned firms that were in either California or Hawaii in 2012 (with 14,446 and 14,537 firms, respectively).
Sources:
U.S. Census Bureau News Release, December 15, 2015
www.census.gov/newsroom/press-releases/2015/cb15-209.html
2012 Survey of Business Owners, Table SB1200CSA01
http://factfinder.census.gov/bkmk/table/1.0/en/SBO/2012/00CSA01

24,982

The estimated number of Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander firms owned by women in 2012.
Source: 2012 Survey of Business Owners, Table SB1200CSA01 http://factfinder.census.gov/bkmk/table/1.0/en/SBO/2012/00CSA01

 

Education

21.5%

The percentage of the Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander alone or in combination population age 25 and older who had a bachelor's degree or higher in 2015. This compared with 30.6 percent for all Americans age 25 and older.
Source: 2015 American Community Survey, Table S0201 https://factfinder.census.gov/bkmk/table/1.0/en/ACS/15_1YR/S0201//popgroup~001|060

88.8%

The percentage of the Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander alone or in combination population age 25 and older with at least a high school diploma or equivalency in 2015. This compared with 87.1 percent for all Americans age 25 and older.
Source: 2015 American Community Survey, Table S0201 https://factfinder.census.gov/bkmk/table/1.0/en/ACS/15_1YR/S0201//popgroup~001|060

6.5%

The percentage of the Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander alone or in combination population age 25 and older who had obtained a graduate or professional degree in 2015. This compared with 11.6 percent for all Americans age 25 and older.
Source: 2015 American Community Survey, Table S0201 https://factfinder.census.gov/bkmk/table/1.0/en/ACS/15_1YR/S0201//popgroup~001|060

 

Serving Our Nation

6.9%

The percentage of Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander alone or in combination military veterans in 2015.
Source: 2015 American Community Survey Estimates, Table S0201 https://factfinder.census.gov/bkmk/table/1.0/en/ACS/15_1YR/S0201//popgroup~060

 

Jobs

28.5%

The percentage of the civilian employed Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander alone or in combination population age 16 and older who worked in management, business, science and arts occupations in 2015. Additionally, 27.8 percent worked in sales and office occupations, while 22.2 percent worked in service occupations; 13.3 percent worked in production, transportation and material moving occupations; and 8.1 percent worked in natural resources, construction and maintenance occupations.

Note: The 2015 percentage of those who worked in management, business, science and arts occupations is not significantly different from those who worked sales and office occupations.

Source: 2015 American Community Survey Estimates, Table S0201
https://factfinder.census.gov/bkmk/table/1.0/en/ACS/15_1YR/S0201//popgroup~060

 

Age Distribution

28.0

The median age of the Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander alone or in combination population in 2015.
Source: Vintage 2015 Population Estimates, Table PEPASR5H https://factfinder.census.gov/bkmk/table/1.0/en/PEP/2015/PEPASR5H

32.7%

The percentage of the Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander alone or in combination population that was under age 18 in 2015.
Source: Vintage 2015 Population Estimates, Table PEPASR5H https://factfinder.census.gov/bkmk/table/1.0/en/PEP/2015/PEPASR5H

 

Following is a list of observances typically covered by the Census Bureau's Facts for Features series:

  • Black History Month (February)
  • Labor Day
  • Super Bowl
  • Grandparents Day
  • Valentine's Day (Feb. 14)
  • Hispanic Heritage Month (Sept. 15-Oct. 15)
  • Women's History Month (March)
  • Unmarried and Single Americans Week
  • Irish-American Heritage Month (March)
  • Halloween (Oct. 31)
  • St. Patrick's Day (March 17)
  • American Indian/Alaska Native Heritage Month
  • Asian/Pacific American Heritage Month (May)
  • Older Americans Month (May)
  • Veterans Day (Nov. 11)
  • Mother's Day
  • Thanksgiving Day
  • Hurricane Season Begins (June 1)
  • The Holiday Season (December)
  • Father's Day
  • The Fourth of July (July 4)
  • Anniversary of Americans with Disabilities Act (July 26)
  • Back to School (August)

 

Editor's note: As a matter of policy, the Census Bureau does not advocate the use of the alone population over the alone-or-in-combination population or vice versa. The use of the alone population in sections of this report does not imply that it is a preferred method of presenting or analyzing data. The same is true for sections of this report that focus on the alone-or-in-combination population. Data on race can be presented and discussed in a variety of ways.

The preceding data were collected from a variety of sources and may be subject to sampling variability and other sources of error. Facts for Features are customarily released about two months before an observance in order to accommodate magazine production timelines.

 

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